Male Dog Names – Including The Top 40 Choices For 2018

best male dog names

Looking for the best male dog names? Then look no further! 

But before we get stuck into the dozens of possibilities, I bet you will want to know what everyone else is selecting right now?

Top Male Dog Names 2018

  • Charlie
  • Becks
  • Max
  • Buddy
  • Cooper
  • Jack
  • Toby
  • Henry
  • Bear
  • Scout
  • Tucker
  • Marley
  • Monty
  • Leo
  • Finn
  • Dexter
  • Barney
  • Alfie
  • Angus
  • Milo
  • Oscar
  • Shadow
  • Sam
  • Gus
  • Murphy
  • Harry
  • Hunter
  • Teddy
  • Jasper
  • Brodie
  • Rufus
  • Jake
  • Winston
  • Loki
  • Kona
  • Bruce
  • Zeus
  • Ben
  • Ollie
  • Bruno

This top 40 selection came curtesy of Dog Names Survey. And if your dog’s name didn’t appear on the list, you’ll be delighted to hear that you still have the chance to add your favorite.

None of those take your fancy? Not a problem!

There are plenty more amazing male dog names below. And don’t forget to check our main dog names page for heaps more ideas and inspiration too.

Best male dog names

One of the most fun ways to pass the time while you await the arrival of your new dog? Thinking about what to call him, of course!

Maybe you already know exactly what kind of names you like? Or perhaps you chop and change your mind on a daily basis?

Whichever camp you fall into, you’re bound to find some boy dog names to inspire you in these lists.

Do you like to capture the zeitgeist, or do you prefer male puppy names which have stood the test of time?

best male dog names

These dog names for boys have consistently occupied the top male pet names lists for years:

  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Buddy
  • Cooper
  • Jack
  • Rocky
  • Bear
  • Duke
  • Toby
  • Tucker
  • Jake
  • Oliver
  • Teddy
  • Harley
  • Riley
  • Cody
  • Buster
  • Lucky
  • Milo
  • Leo

Boy names for dogs

As you can see there’s a real trend towards giving our dogs human names.

It’s a logical progression from thinking of pets as part of the family. A way of saying that in our hearts, our dogs have the same status as people.

So here are some more names for boy dogs that are human names too:

  • Thomas
  • Caleb
  • Lucas
  • Jackson
  • Wyatt
  • Evan
  • Gabriel
  • Carter
  • Asher
  • Dylan

Names for male dogs

Boy pet names are also a fun chance to use human names that are a bit more unusual.

best male dog names

These human names aren’t too common, but they’d all be good boy dog names:

  • Turner
  • Cedric
  • Seamus
  • Gilbert
  • Harris
  • Lyle
  • Reuben
  • Heath
  • Alistair
  • Douglas

Unique male dog names

Coming up with a one of a kind name for your dog can be a real challenge.

You never know when an obscure name is about to surge in popularity, or if someone else on your street is about to have the same flash of inspiration.

But it’s still fun to find something a bit special, like these unusual male dog names:

  • Zyron
  • Hurricane
  • Odin
  • Corvus
  • Inchyra
  • Stirling
  • Lulworth
  • Hobbs
  • Auster
  • Fisher
  • Moss
  • Ash

Names for male dogs

One way to to find cute boy puppy names is to pick a theme you like and see where it leads you.

best male dog names

I’ve come up with this list by thinking of American places and landmarks:

  • Smoky
  • Rio
  • Elias
  • Sanford
  • Huron
  • Tahoe
  • Kennedy
  • Rockefeller
  • Bryce
  • Cimarron (This could be reckless, since cimarrón is Spanish for “wild” or “untamed”!)
  • Cartwright
  • Zoar (Cartwright and Zoar are both small settlements in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)

Cute boy dog names

Will your dog be the baby of the family even when he’s fully grown?

Here are some cute boy dog names for puppies that are going to be adorable forever:

  • Angel
  • Beau
  • Prince
  • Babe
  • Jesse
  • Bodhi
  • Blue
  • Zebedee
  • Neo (Neo means both “new” in Greek and “gift” in Tswana – how perfect?)
  • Fuzz
  • Cupid

Cool dog names male

Is your dog going to be a legend in his own time?

Obviously what’s cool is a matter of taste and perception, and I’m not saying that I’m an authority on what definitely is cool.

best male dog names

But I might be.

  • Ace
  • Maverick
  • Ryker
  • Bix
  • Frank
  • Cash
  • Toro
  • Bogart
  • Dylan
  • Jet
  • Orion
  • Loki

Cute dog names for boys

There seems to be a trend at the moment for naming animals after other animals. For example the A Cat Called Mouse story books, and Rhino the hamster in the Disney film Bolt.

Whether you rate it or hate it, here are some more suggestions that might work as names for male dogs:

  • Wolf
  • Tiger
  • Raven
  • Bear
  • Lynx
  • Puma
  • Fox
  • Sparrow
  • Buffalo (or just Buff!)
  • Gopher

Good boy dog names

Do you have a hunch that your dog will be a loyal, reliable and upstanding member of the canine community?

Cute Dog Names

Honor his noble side with one of these good male dog names:

  • Noah
  • Lincoln
  • Theodore
  • Sam
  • Joe
  • Captain
  • Norman
  • Benjamin
  • Seth
  • George
  • Pops

Unusual male dog names

An unusual name will help your pup stand out in the park, and be a great ice-breaker when you’re doing that all-important socializing:

  • Beckett
  • Bayer
  • Darwin
  • Huxley
  • Logan
  • Falstaff
  • Womble
  • Sunny
  • Tanner

Strong male dog names

Dogs have amazing amounts of energy, stamina, and muscle.

Cute Girl Dog Names

These names either mean strong, or imply strength:

  • Mason
  • Hunter
  • Chase
  • Atlas (Atlas is the Greek god depicted carrying the world on his shoulders)
  • Aaron (Hebrew name meaning “mountain of strength”)
  • Magnar (Norwegian name meaning “strength”)
  • Angus (Irish name meaning “unique strength”)
  • Ryker (Danish name meaning “strength”)
  • Obelix (Greek name meaning “pillar of strength”)
  • Zeke (Hebrew name meaning “God strengthens”)
  • Virtus (the Roman god of bravery and military strength)

Big dog names male

Was your pup the biggest in the litter?

Or are you renaming a rescue dog who’s already head and shoulders above his friends?

These names all call great size to mind:

  • Titus
  • Groot (as well as a Marvel hero, groot is the Dutch word for “large” although the Dutch pronunciation is tricky! )
  • Hercules
  • Jupiter
  • Montaro (Japanese name meaning “big boy”)
  • Orson (Latin name meaning “bear”)
  • Odin
  • Berg (berg means “mountain” in several Germanic languages)
  • Tan
  • Redwood
  • Everest
  • Elbrus (Mount Elbrus is the tallest mountain in Russia and Europe)

Small dog names male

Are your puppy’s parents petite?

Maybe your dog is going to fall at the other end of the scale, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

These great boy dog names celebrate being a little more compact:

  • Pebble
  • Bean
  • Peagreen (from The Borrowers)
  • Frodo (from The Lord of the Rings)
  • Atom
  • Kerwin (Gaelic name meaning ‘little black one’)
  • Beetle
  • Nugget
  • Acorn
  • Spark

Great dog names male

Some dogs are born great, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

Recognize their nobility with one of these strong male dog names:

  • William (I can hardly paraphrase his words without including Shakespeare’s name!)
  • Armstrong
  • Endeavor
  • Sirius
  • Nelson
  • Majesty
  • Augustus
  • Maximus
  • Hero
  • Arkin
  • Zeus

Famous dog names male

Cute Black Dog Names

Some of our favorite famous dogs:

  • Marley (From Marley and Me, Marley was a yellow Labrador Retriever)
  • Brian (From Family Guy, Brian Griffin is a white Labrador Retriever)
  • Vincent (the Labrador Retriever in the TV series Lost)
  • Pal (Did you know that Lassie was almost invariably played by male dogs, because they were a better scale next to children? Pal was the first)
  • Ghost
  • Grey Wind
  • Shaggydog (Ghost, Grey Wind and Shaggydog are direwolves in Game of Thrones)
  • Zuma (A chocolate Labrador, and grossly underused member of kids’ favorite, PAW Patrol)
  • Bolt (Of the eponymous Disney film)

Best male dog names

The best name for your dog is one you fall in love with, and don’t mind shouting out in public.

Wherever you get your inspiration from, finding the perfect name for your newest family member is a satisfying moment.

Happy name hunting!

What are your top male dog names?

What is your boy dog called?

If you had to name a new dog tomorrow, what would you call him?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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  1. My rotti/lab rescue’s name is Crosby.
    Then I got a rotti puppy and named him Nash.

    I am also a volunteer puppy foster/trainer for
    Retrieving Freedom Inc, an organization that raises, trains and places service dogs with disabled veterans and children living with Autism.
    My new puppy’s name is 2nd Chance, (call name Chance) because that is what he’s going to give a special person.

  2. Our big, rangy boy is called Reno; my daughter named him after a Final Fantasy character. And my neighbor’s golden retriever is…what else?…El Dorado.

  3. I think some of the names are weird, and make no sense, but cute. If i had to chose a name i would pick chase, luke, jesse, or maybe max 🙂 i hope people get a meaning of what im saying and chose a nice, sweet name – of course

  4. We love the name Davey Crockett for our male dogs. We had our Lab/Rot who was Davey I and three weeks after he left us, we got a Lab/Great Dane 9 month old puppy who was Davey II. I want a Davey III when we get our Lab/Great Dane puppy.

  5. I have a Doberman and his name is Percy, but my family doesn’t like that name so we are going to change it, but don’t know what to change it to. Any ideas?

  6. I had a black Lab named Shadow and I have a yellow Lab named Hunter. But I also have a Black Lab named Canyon which I never hear of.

  7. Please don’t name it Barney unless for some reason it is purple.
    Better ideas:
    Bush Master